CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 125

The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Traveling on Your Knee
Submitted by Johanna
Last night I took a journey 
To a land across the seas. 
I didn't go by ship or plane 
I traveled on my knees.
I saw so many people there 
in bondage to their sin. 
And Jesus told me I should go, 
that there were souls to win.
But I said "Jesus, 
I can't go to lands across the seas." 
He answered quickly, 
"Yes, you can by traveling on your knees."
He said, "You pray, I'll meet the need. 
You call, and I will hear. 
It's up to you to be concerned 
For lost souls far and near."
And so I did; knelt in prayer, 
Gave up some hours of ease, 
And with the Savior by my side, 
I traveled on my knees.
As I prayed on, I saw souls saved 
And twisted persons healed, 
I saw God's workers strength renewed 
While laboring in the field.
I said, "Yes Lord, I'll take the job. 
Your heart I want to please. 
I'll heed Your call and swiftly go 
By traveling on my knees."

Having those Bad Human Days
By Regina
If you’re female, like me, there’s about a 99.99% chance that you’ve encountered having a bad hair day. If you’re male I’ll just quickly explain that a bad hair day involves unruly hair that no matter what you do, simply won’t style or stay styled the way you want it to. The topic of my article this week is about having a bad human day – those days in which as a follower of Christ, no matter what you do things just seem to go wrong; you say the wrong things, act the wrong ways, exhibit bad behavior and for all intensive purposes no matter how hard you try to walk the Narrow Path and do everything right, you stumble.
Proverbs 20:11 Even a young man is known by his actions – by whether his behavior is pure and upright.

Proverbs 21:8 A guilty man's conduct is crooked, but the behavior of the innocent is upright.
We all have them. All of us. Not one of us is not guilty of bad behavior. Try as we might, each and every day we are all going to encounter a day in which if we’re truly trying to walk in Christ’s footsteps we will recognize when we search our hearts and in retrospect we will regret things that we did, said, thought or acted upon. But whatever it might be and whatever the reason or cause might be, it is important that we recognize it for what it is, rectify the situation if it is at all possible, forgive and/or ask for forgiveness from the party who trespassed against you or that you might have trespassed against and also for Yahweh’s forgiveness for your actions and keep moving forward having learned from it. And not only having learned from it, but also rejoicing that our transgressions are forgiven; for where it not for Yahweh’s love and Christ’s sacrifice it would not exist.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 

Acts 13:38 Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you,

Psalm 32:1 [The Joy of Forgiveness] Davidic. A Maskil. How happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
Repentance and Forgiveness. These two things truly seem to go hand in hand. But knowing we are forgiven is not permission to sin and in order to repent one must first know that he or she has sinned and the only way to know that is to be aware and always searching our hearts. We have all sinned and we all stumble, from the greatest of us to the least we are all make mistakes and are inexperienced and imperfect. 
Psalm 19:7 The instruction of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy making the inexperienced wise. 
Thankfully, Father Yahweh does not expect perfection from us right now in the sense that we are expected to never make a mistake but in walking in Christ's footsteps we should continue to perfect ourselves each day, paying close attention to our behavior in all things and even when we stumble, keep moving forward with eyes that are focused on the Path and on the footsteps Christ walked before us and on our God and Creator Yahweh. It is Yahweh who is perfect and who's instruction is trustworthy and will revive the soul when we have stumbled. It is through Her Word and Her Way and the example of Her son that we grow to perfection. But it is also our responsibility to at least try and when we do make a mistake and have a bad human day, to do all that we can with Her helping hand to get up, brush off our knees, learn from that mistake and keep moving forward in repentance, forgiveness and love for the One who gave us a second chance and Her son, who through him we are allowed the opportunity for eternal life.

Letting Go Of Foolishness
By Jeshaiah
It might be seen that articles concerning the release and removal of evil has been a recurring theme, yet, there are still different aspects to this same theme. In one instance, it was in letting go of a heavy burden that the world places upon oneself and allowing the Light yoke to be treated as one. At another article, it was about letting go of the chains that have been used to oppress oneself. In this instance, the desire for things that an individual might have grown up with that must be grown out of is further considered.
1 Corinthians 13:11 — When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. 
A concept to perhaps consider was that in scripture, men who were twenty years old or more who could serve in Israel's army were registered (Numbers 1:3). If it would be considered that at a certain age, a man would be considered ready to go into combat, then at that same point, a man would also have to put away the things that they used to do as a child, and prepare to take on great responsibilities, which would include defending against enemies and fighting for Yahweh. Such an age is an honor, and shouldn't be further spoiled by youthful things.
An unfortunate occurrence that might be observed is how youthful things are corrupted, and then called “adult activities.” Of this might include various television shows and/or games that might be played. Youthful games seem innocent, but then “mature” games grow to include indecent material that…perhaps may not even be “mature” as much as…lawless. To this respect, it is much like the things that are provided for entertainment and development as a youth are still practiced, and because such things may not be grown out of, that sort of energy stagnates within a person's heart, and corrupts.
1 Peter 4:3 — For there has already been enough time spent in doing the will of the pagans: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. 
Recognizing the evil of maintain such activities that are to be put aside upon spiritual maturity helps to put such evil desires away. Unfortunately, however, growing out of the evil desires can be difficult to a degree.
Proverbs 13:19 — Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but fools hate to turn from evil. 
At the same time, even the slightest hint of a thought of a youthful activity that one's heart still has a taste for could spurn oneself forward if there isn't enough self control. Yahweh will not allow oneself to be tested beyond one's capacity, but a person must also not be willing to falter towards evil. In this instance, pulling away from and letting go of this world and the old man with deceitful desires is not only letting go of old attitudes, habits, and things that one was once taken captive by, but also letting go of the things that once seemed and may even still “seem” enjoyable. Just like the saying about taking a person out of a situation, but not being able to take the situation out of a person (which might be reflected in so many of modern day's war veterans whose scars of battle are not only physical, but upon their very heart), so too may it be to fully remove this world influence, such that Father's Kingdom also rules one's heart.
2 Corinthians 6:7 — by the message of truth, by the power of God;
through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left, 
Something that may become widely seen around the planet at this or any given time may be the following:
Proverbs 19:3 — A man's own foolishness leads him astray,
    yet his heart rages against the LORD. 
In this, Father's Great Tribulation is a call for repentance… the strikes received are like wake up calls. These rebukes should not be mistaken with the pain that is caused by evil. Foolishness will cause confusion and such mistakes against Father may be due to foolishness. So, if there is any anger as to what is occurring that goes against Father, the above proverb may help to enlighten and break a pattern, and perhaps, even to break away from any further influence from this world. In this way, the Rapture will also be a rapture of one's very being; their whole heart transformed.

Nourishment From The Throne
Cherubic Commander: Concerning Haiti
Never feel that Father's side in this spiritual war are unfeeling to ward those that are afflicted. What has happened in Haiti is tragic, but it is a sign of the end times. Unfortunately, it is representative on a small scale of what is to occur on a much larger scale. The fact that Father recognizes the pain of affliction is why you and others are to be raptured out of Satan's den.
Isaiah 52:13 "[ The Servant's Suffering and Exaltation ] See, My servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted." 
By acting wisely, you each will be raised up to meet Christ in the first Rapture (literally lifted up), and from there you will be greatly exalted for your faithfulness.
Psalm 107:41 "But He lifts the needy out of their suffering and makes their families [multiply] like flocks." 
The needy are those that are of Father's family whom need relief from suffering. Your future is secure in that you will multiply in the coming new age governed by Christ Jesus.
Matthew 11:12 "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force." 
Father's own Kingdom in Heaven has suffered the violence meted out by the resisters to Her Way. They tried to seize it by force, but were expelled by Michael and the faithful angels of Father. Expelled to Satan's den here on earth.
John 16:33 "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world." 
You each have experienced the peace that comes from Father's Spirit. But, Christ warned of the suffering that would continue in this world of Satan's making. Mankind in general lives by chance. Because of this, they are made to suffer from what nature and conflict brings upon those that are caught in Satan's den of iniquity.
iniquity >noun (pl. iniquities) injustice or immoral behavior.
-DERIVATIVES iniquitous >adjective iniquitously >adverb iniquitousness >noun.
-ORIGIN Latin iniquitas, from iniquus 'not equal or just'.
Iniquity brought on by the injustice of ignoring Father's right of ruler ship. And immoral behavior by those that walk contrary to Father's Way.
Romans 8:18 "[ From Groans to Glory ] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us." 
The promise of suffering in this present age is just part of what must occur on a continuous basis, for if it did not, then what would a new age be needed for? The reason for the new age is not only to end suffering, but also to reveal the glory of our Father and Mother Yahweh. She promises only the best conditions for Her children. Her Way is the only way to exist without suffering. Walking in Father's Way is to follow the path that leads not only to eternal life, but also to walk a path without suffering of any kind. That's part of the Promise of Father's Way under the rule of Her Chosen Son Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:5 "For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so our comfort overflows through Christ." 
Christ suffered for the sins of Adam and Eve's offspring. That same suffering overflows to mankind because the sin still exists within this world Satan chose to bring into existence. It was not Father's will that mankind walk a different path than the one She laid out in the beginning. But because Christ Jesus gave his life in exchange for the sins of all that seek Yahweh in earnest, Christ's consolation for grief comes to those through his body that represents Father's remnant of mankind. Not everyone will be saved, but a small remnant will be, and they are the ones that receive the comfort that overflows through Christ's offering of salvation.
2 Corinthians 1:6 "If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in the endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer." 
All of Father's children both suffer and experience comfort. It is part of the salvation experience that is occurring in this old age of Satan's making. By chance, Satan caused a break down in Father's planned outcome, but through Divine intervention the new outcome will be better than the original, because all of the intelligent creation will have learned that any path other than Father's leads to affliction on a grand scale.
2 Corinthians 1:7 "And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort." 
This hope for each of you, it is firmly shared by the faithful angelic hosts and holy ghosts that make up Father's loyal family of spirits. We want each of you to be comforted. That is one of the reasons Father has entrusted and assigned me to my duty in human form. I'm to help watch over each of you and to offer guidance to the Way of Father.
2 Thessalonians 1:5 "It is a clear evidence of God's righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God's kingdom, for which you also are suffering," 
You each are suffering so that you can be counted worthy of entrance into Father's Kingdom. A price must be paid for entry. Just as Christ paid the ultimate price, each of you must feel the suffering caused by Satan's rule over mankind. If you did not feel the effects, then why would a change be necessary? But because Satan's rule causes affliction, all are affected.
1 Peter 5:8-10 "Conclusion
Be sober! Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your brothers in the world. Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little."
Our adversary is Father's adversary. Aside from the suffering sin alone brings to this world, Satan wants to bring even harsher suffering upon Father's children. But know that what Satan mets out will only be tolerated to ward you in little doses. Christ Jesus will personally restore your well being, establish you as a child of Father, and strengthen and support each of you. But, Father will permit that you be tested, and by being tested you suffer. If Father failed to let you be tested, then there would be no answer to Satan. He would say Father was doing as he accused Her about Job – giving special protection against testing his integrity. So, Father answers Satan by permitting the tests.
As I stated earlier, Haiti is but a small dose of what is to soon occur on a much grander scale. When the United States suffers a devastating blow that it cannot recover from, then the European Union will come into play. Look to this person to be a prime player in what lies just ahead. "Maurice Strong."
Read more about him and his plan:

Signs From Above
“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27
Sat-nav devices face big errors as solar activity rises
Black Listed News
Researchers say the Sun is awakening after a period of low activity, which does not bode well for a world ever more dependent on satellite navigation. The Sun's irregular activity can wreak havoc with the weak sat-nav signals we use. The last time the Sun reached a peak in activity, satellite navigation was barely a consumer product. But the Sun is on its way to another solar maximum, which could generate large and unpredictable sat-nav errors.
UFO Photograph Submitted by UFO Brazil
UFO Case Book
This photo was taken in Campinas – SP, on 12/28/09 at approximately 1:15 AM, was by me 3 more people (my wife and a couple of friends) on the road from Campinas, Jaguariuna, when we saw a very bright light right in front (like a plane), and shortly after we entered the Alphaville condominium and climbed high on the neighborhood where the light started to blink. The object seemed to stand still for about 3 minutes. I took this photograph with my Iphone, and the most intriguing thing is that we saw all a red border, but only the white light shows up because I imagine that the distance that the object was of us was up 3 km away.
Idaho Pilot's 1959 UFO Photograph Released
UFO Case Book
Idaho – 1959
I am telling this story as related to me in 2008 by a former employer who wishes to remain anonymous. He is a Loveland, Colorado business owner in his 80's, a conservative WWII vet who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and is the least likely person you'd think would ever try to put on a hoax. I was amazed when I brought up the subject of UFOs one day, and he told me his story and went to his desk and pulled out a picture he took of a formation of UFOs he saw. I examined the picture and it was a genuine photo on Kodak paper, obviously aged a bit, but still in very good condition. With his permission I scanned it at high resolution and am including it with this report.
UFO seen in Phear Park, Exmouth
Exmouth Herald
EXMOUTH man Roy Shaw has exclusively spoken about the moment he came face-to-face with what UFO experts are calling a Close Encounter of the Third Kind, writes Becca Gliddon. UFO sceptic Mr Shaw, of Withycombe Village Road, is the latest resident to report seeing strange coloured lights – and says he spotted what he can only describe as a spaceship landing in Phear Park. The retired engineer and his dog ran for home when a white 'shimmering' shape began walking towards them.

Close encounters of the Thora Hird Kind
The Sun
EY oop there, chuck! A silver saucer hovers in the sky at a Lancashire hotspot for alien craft. This is the 44th strange sighting since 1977 in an area dubbed "UFO Valley". And the sleepy pocket of Lancs – best known for giving the world legendary actress Dame Thora Hird – has now clocked up the highest number of close encounters in the country. The latest sighting in the Bacup and Rossendale area was made by Aron Sacks.

Signs Down Below
But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Somali rebels 'pour into Mogadishu'
February 10, 2010
Hundreds of Somali insurgents loyal to Islamist group al-Shabab have poured into Mogadishu with artillery and trucks, witnesses say. Residents have been fleeing the capital for days amid a widespread belief that the rebels and government forces are on the cusp of a serious showdown. Meanwhile, at least 16 people were reported killed in skirmishes that have become almost daily in the city.
China threatens world health by unleashing waves of superbugs 
by Peter Foster
February 5, 2010
Chinese doctors routinely hand out multiple doses of antibiotics for simple maladies like the sore throats and the country's farmers excessive dependence on the drugs has tainted the food chain. Studies in China show a "frightening" increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus bacteria, also know as MRSA . There are warnings that new strains of antibiotic-resistant bugs will spread quickly through international air travel and internation food sourcing.
Aspartame has been renamed and is now being marketed as a natural sweetener 
Blacklisted News
February 13, 2010
In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".
Space: The Final Frontier of Profit?
Wall Street Journal
by Peter Diamandis
February 13, 2010
Government agencies have dominated space exploration for three decades. But in a new plan unveiled in President Barack Obama's 2011 budget earlier this month, a new player has taken center stage: American capitalism and entrepreneurship. The plan lays the foundation for the future Google, Cisco and Apple of space to be born, drive job creation and open the cosmos for the rest of us. Two fundamental realities now exist that will drive space exploration forward. First, private capital is seeing space as a good investment, willing to fund individuals who are passionate about exploring space, for adventure as well as profit. What was once affordable only by nations can now be lucrative, public-private partnerships.
Europe's economy stumbles
The Independent
by Sean O'Grady
February 13, 2010
For the past few weeks the question has been whether Germany will rescue Greece and the other floundering eurozone economies from their own excesses. The point at issue now may be more whether Germany will even be able to afford such an exercise. Europe's largest economy seems to be heading for a "double dip" recession – raising fresh doubts about Berlin's ability to finance any possible rescues for the so-called PIIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain – the eurozone states with the weakest public finances.

Signs in Humanity
Taliban make children plant bombs to thwart Army snipers  
Big News Network
February 7, 2010
Boys as young as 12 are being used by the Taliban to plant bombs designed to kill and maim British troops in Afghanistan, a media report said Sunday. Army commanders say insurgents are forcing children to lay improvised explosive devices (IEDs) because they know they will not be shot by British snipers, Daily mail reported on its website.
'Satan's video game' makes Super Bowl appearance 
by Drew Zahn
February 8, 2010
The Super Bowl ad claimed, "Hell awaits," and players who fire up "Dante's Inferno" on their Xbox 360 can dive right in to slay all sorts of demons and dark lords to save the girl from Satan's grasp. There's even a level where players can take on knife-wielding unbaptized babies. Kill enough of them, and players will unlock an "achievement" called the "Bad Nanny" award.
Sri Lanka police fire tear gas on opposition in bid to quell protests
The Independent
by Andrew Buncombe
February 11, 2010
Supporters of the detained Sri Lankan opposition leader Sarath Fonseka were pelted with stones and fired on with tear gas yesterday after they clashed with government activists at the country's Supreme Court. Thousands of opposition supporters angered by the arrest of their leader gathered outside the court in Colombo, where they burned life-size posters of President Mahinda Rajapaksa – the man who defeated the former general in last month's presidential election. They also smashed coconuts, following a local tradition that this would inspire divine intervention. But instead their actions were met by supporters of the government, who threw stones and chased them away. When the opposition activists fought back, said witnesses, the police intervened with tear gas. At least eight people were hurt, reported officials at local hospitals.
Texan, girlfriend get 9 years for baby trafficking
mySA News
by Mark Walsh
February 10, 2010
MONTERREY, Mexico — A Texas man and his girlfriend were sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting Mexican women to give birth in the U.S. and sell their babies to couples there, a judge said Wednesday. Amado Torres, of Harlingen, and Maria Isabel Hernandez, of Mexico, paid women up to $3,000 for their newborns, Tamaulipas state Judge Jose Luis Bazan told The Associated Press. He handed down their sentences for child trafficking on Jan. 29.
India restaurant bomb blast kills nine in Pune
February 14, 2010
At least nine people have been killed and 57 others injured in a bomb attack at a restaurant in India's western city of Pune, officials say. The explosion tore through the German Bakery, which is popular with tourists, in Koregaon Park. The bombing is the first major strike of its kind in India since the deadly Mumbai attacks in November 2008.

Arks of Safe Haven
The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.
Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.
How You Can Help?
In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small. Visit and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.
Rose – California – Widow Lady in Calif. Needs A Car Donated or money to buy Used Engine for her own -Good Samaratain Please Help a Widow.
My name is Rose, I broke down about 3 or 4 weeks ago in the rain at night alone in a scary area. I was terrified. I m 57 , no children all alone, no family , ok.
I asked for help when all of this happened to the churches, to people i didnt know, to people that knew me, and NO ONE , absolutely NO ONE would help me. People that had money , business, what ever, they could , but they were so greedy and so selfish, so self centered, so proud, that they refused. I kept praying on, and believing God would make it known he was still on the throne. I kept the faith.
Well, I walked for 3 to 4 weeks , ( loosing track of time now) in the pouring rain, sometimes I didn't have a umbrella in the beginning, I was soaking wet, and when I returned to my travel trailer the only home I had , have, I then would freeze to death, as I ran out of propane and had no transporatation to go get any. And agin, NO ONE would give me a ride or help me. It was really unbelievable. I thought how can people be so cruel, so u n loving. So cold….My car a 96 Dodge Caravan 3.0 engine, blew a rod in the engine. And I didnot have the 450.00 for a used one, or the 200.00 labor to put it in. The mechanic had towed it to his back yard in hopes I would be fixing it. As he said he could put the engine in , in one day only on a Sunday when he is off work.
Well, that has never happened people. I never got any help, I begged, I pleaded , on Craigs list, I got on the phone, etc….nothing happened. Until , somebody sent me to this site.
I dont know if anybody will read this or not. I doubt it.
But, what has happened now is this…I have had to sell my travel trailer my home, because I couldn't get to a caregiving job, where as I could have bought the engine myself and not had to had plead , beg, call ….So now Im going to have to go to a very small travel trailer , like a 21 ft one, i was in a 32 ft. and I m still on foot. No transportation. And the bills keep pilling up.
It just keeps getting worse. I'll be down to a shopping cart before it's all over with at this rate.
Is there a Good Samaratain out there anywhere reading this. A Christian child of God, that knows widows are not suppose to suffer . Your suppose to help them when they have no family that will. Is there anybody out there that cares wheather I live or die? Does anybody care that I gave in the past, money , food , clothing to people that touched my heart , no questions asked.
Did God forget that? no he didn't. I think its my turn now to recieve. Ok.?
If somebody has a CAR to DONATE to me, or can provide the funds for me to get an engine (used 450. plus labor 200.) would you please. I 'd really appreciate it so very much. And God would bless you for it. Bible says so.
Im leaving my number and address here, don't know if I should or am allowed, but here it goes, as I said I'm desperate, Im a wheeping widow lady in need of help.
951 965 9854
thank you , 
god bless you

Signs in Natural Disasters
“You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7
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JAPAN – A magnitude-6.4 quake happened at 1510 Japanese time (0610 GMT), about 115km (75 miles) off the Ryukyu Islands. It was located at a depth of 16.5km (10.3 miles). There are no reports of casualties or damage. The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a minor alert to small islands in the area, warning of a 0.5m (19in) tsunami. The Ryukyu islands are about 1,800km (1,120 miles) south-west of the Japanese capital, Tokyo.
HAITI – The Haiti quake death toll could be 230,000 – close to the number killed in the 2004 Asian tsunami.
ILLINOIS – Wednesday's 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Pingree Grove will have little lasting impact on suburban residents, but scientists are looking to the quake for clues about seismic activity in the region. The quake took geologists by surprise and revealed a new fault line in central Kane County. "There were no warning signs about this quake coming. It was right out of the blue." While small, the quake was felt by thousands of people from eastern Iowa to Michigan. Although experts said the wide area where the shock was felt is consistent with quakes east of the Rocky Mountains, it is RARE for northern Illinois to experience an earthquake of this size. According to geological records, northern Illinois has only seen three comparable events in the past 25 years. Like most earthquakes in the continental United States, Wednesday's shock was shallow, centered an estimated three miles below the surface. That's in contrast to some Pacific quakes that emanate from as much as 400 miles below the surface and similar to the shallow but much more powerful quake that devested Port-au-Prince last month. In general, earthquakes are RARE east of the Rockies, although the most active region, the New Madrid Fault Line, runs from the tip of southern Illinois to Arkansas. Experts said Wednesday's quake was unrelated to the New Madrid activity but said the quake leaves many unanswered questions. (map) 
HAITI -Rescuers were working overnight Wednesday to pull several people out from underneath a quake-damaged Haitian supermarket that collapsed in the capital. It was believed that up to eight people, including looters, were inside the Caribbean Market store when it suddenly collapsed. At least one person was spotted alive inside amid the rubble. Fewer than 150 people have been rescued since the earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, razing 250,000 homes. However on Tuesday a man was pulled out alive from the rubble of a marketplace where, according to his family, he had been pinned under concrete since the quake struck. Doctors treating the frail Haitian man said they believed that he had survived 27 days buried in rubble after the quake. It was not immediately possible to verify his claim and there was no explanation for how he survived so long if he was trapped under the rubble without water. 
MONTSERRAT – On Friday, there was an explosion within the Soufriere Hills volcano, sending plumes of ash more than 20,000 feet in the air. The event occurred at 1:49 pm, lasting seven minutes and sending pyroclastic flows mainly to the west of the volcano “rapidly reaching Plymouth (the old capital) and spreading across the sea for around 500 miles”. Short pyroclastic flows also travelled down Tyers Ghaut to the northwest and Whites Ghaut to the northeast of the island.
PAKISTAN – Villagers claim volcano is spewing lava. Nearby residents claimed flaming fumes could be seen atop the mountain for several nights before the lava emerged. All volcanoes in Pakistan, but one, are listed as mud volcanoes, which are not fed by lava. Natural gas venting is a frequent occurrence at mud volcanoes — a possible explanation for the reports of fiery fumes and apparent lava. Scientists were being dispatched to examine the fiery Balochistan mountain. 
HAWAII – In the early hours of Monday, Feb. 1, a swarm of microearthquakes began to occur on the south flank of Kilauea Volcano. The swarm started slowly, with only a few earthquakes per hour, and reached a peak of almost a dozen earthquakes per hour on that afternoon. By Tuesday afternoon, approximately 40 hours later, it was over. In all there were 85-90 microearthquakes in the swarm, many of them too small for computing a high-quality location. The earthquakes occurred in the central region of Kilauea’s south flank and were in a relatively narrow north-south streak, extending southward from Poliokeawe Pali. This region of the south flank has seen flurries of earthquake activity in the past, and these flurries have often been associated with a phenomenon known as a “slow earthquake.” The term “slow earthquakes” describes a relatively recently identified process that was first documented for volcanoes in Hawaii and is also recognized at other locations. The Hawaii examples have all been located on Kilauea Volcano’s south flank. A slow earthquake is almost identical to regular earthquakes: the island moves in response to sudden slip on a fault. The only difference is that instead of lasting just a few seconds, the event lasts for many hours.
Preliminary results suggest that the south flank moved at speeds up 16 feet per year — about 1.2 inches over two days. This rate of ground motion is hundreds of times faster than the rate of the persistent slow slip of Kilauea’s south flank, which has been occurring at rates of about 3 inches/yr in at least the last few decades. However, it still about a trillion times slower than the ground motion that occurs in a typical earthquake. If the south flank slip that occurred on Monday-Tuesday had occurred all at once, it would have been a magnitude 5+ earthquake. Close study of the slow earthquake and swarm sequences revealed that the swarms actually followed the slow earthquakes. The microearthquakes were a response to the stress perturbations caused near the slow earthquake.
MONSERRAT – The volcano on Montserrat shot ash some nine miles (15 kilometers) into the sky Thursday, one of its most dramatic events since a devastating 1997 eruption that drove away half the Caribbean island's population. The partial collapse of the dome in the volcano's crater also unleashed flows of hot gas and rocks, triggering sirens for the evacuation of about 20 people from a nearby village. It appeared to be the most material ejected by the volcano in about four years. 10 percent to 15 percent of the hardened lava dome collapsed. The dome has crumbled several times since the volcano became active in 1995, and it is possible activity will settle down as the dome builds itself up again. There is no immediate cause for concern about more dangerous eruptions. 
HAWAII – Lava from Kílauea volcano once again has oozed through the mostly abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision, covering portions of the small open areas untouched by previous flows. The volcano has been erupting since 1983 and over the years has destroyed an estimated 66 homes or other structures in Royal Gardens. Lava from the "2007 Thanksgiving Eve Breakout" vent was flowing through the upper 2 miles of the lava-tube system above the subdivision and feeding surface flows that were advancing slowly down the pali and across the coastal plain. A half-dozen channelized flows meandered down a steep portion of the pali last week, burning vegetation in the western part of Royal Gardens. Lava has not been flowing into the ocean for at least a month. 
INDONESIA – Nearly 50,000 internally displaced persons in Indonesia still lack basic services and are awaiting full compensation after a mudflow destroyed homes and farmland almost four years ago. Originating from a mud volcano in the district of Sidoarjo in East Java Province, the mudflow and toxic gas emissions started in May 2006 and still continue, with the volcano expelling 60,000 cubic metres of watery mud daily. Some 14,000 houses have been submerged. A new geyser has been found about 1.5km from the mud volcano in Sidoarjo, sparking fears of further danger to surrounding communities. "It's a small geyser but it can be just as dangerous as large ones, because they all emit methane gas, which is highly flammable, smelly and can cause headaches." There are also concerns over the stability of huge earth dikes – some as high as 18m – which were built to contain the mud. "Because Sidoarjo experiences high levels of rainfall, the land is vulnerable to subsidence." "The dikes once dropped 3m. They could drop again, but we have people checking for cracks every day." Geologists are unsure when or how the volcano will stop expelling mud and gas. "The amount of mud that's coming out now has halved since 2006, so maybe it will halve again in three years. So it could be over in 10 or so years, but of course, we can't be sure of that." (photos)
Cyclone Oli – One person died Friday after being swept out to sea by a wave and thousands were evacuated in French Polynesia as powerful Category 4 Cyclone Oli battered the archipelago. A red alert was declared in Tahiti and nearby islands, where winds of up to 213 kilometers per hour (132 miles per hour or 115 knots) have hit. Several people are reported to have been injured while officials said hundreds of homes had been damaged and power and telephone lines brought down.
Tropical Cyclone Pat formed overnight in the Cook Islands, putting the archipelago on alert. Pat follows Oli which grew out of the same area and battered neighbouring French Polynesia. The new cyclone is 150 kilometres south of Manihiki in the northern Cook Islands and is moving southeast at 18 kilometres per hour. Pat is expected to strengthen and move towards the south. The lightly populated atolls of Suwarrow, Manihiki and Rakahanga are in line to be hit by Pat.
Pat – Plans were being made to move people inland in some parts of the south Pacific island nation of Cook Islands in preparation for the arrival of Cyclone Pat. Storm conditions were expected to strengthen later today. Recent forecasts put the Category two cyclone 320 km north of Aitutaki, moving slowly southwest at about six to nine knots. Strong winds and high seas were being felt by some islands. Some people were moving inland and some tourist operators on Aitutaki were preparing to evacuate their customers.
American Samoa — Residents are stocking up on bottled water, flashlights and candles as Tropical Cyclone Rene nears the US Pacific island. The storm was 210 miles east-northeast of the main island of Tutuila at midday Thursday, packing sustained winds of 63 mph and gusts of 80 mph. The storm should strengthen to a Category 2 or 3 hurricane by midmorning. Rene is expected to pound the less populated Manua islands with hurricane-force winds. It's likely to deliver weaker, storm-force winds to the main island of Tutuila, where the capital Pago Pago is located.
Pat – The clean up has begun in Aitutaki in the Cook Islands after a cyclone caused widespread damage. Tropical cyclone Pat, which blasted the island of Aitutaki on Wednesday morning, has now been downgraded to a tropical storm and has moved into open waters. Up to 90% of houses on the island were reportedly severely damaged. Cyclone conditions killed three young men in Tokelau, New Zealand's northernmost territory which lies 500km north of Apia, Samoa. Seven men were flipped out of a barge into stormy seas off the coast of the island Atafu. The four other men managed swam to safety. 
CALIFORNIA – A fierce overnight rainstorm pounded southern California and triggered a mudslide in the city of La Cañada Flintridge
MEXICO – Unseasonal winter weather in Mexico has caused widespread flooding resulting in death and destruction in the states of Michoacan and Mexico State as well as in the massive capital of Mexico City. There have been 29 deaths in central Mexico so far as a result of the storms. Greater Mexico City is one of the three largest metropolitan areas in the world and lies in an enclosed mountain valley, making it vulnerable to flooding. Heavy rains there have caused sewage canals to overflow and a state of emergency has been declared. A mix of drain water and sewage flowed into thousands of homes and blocked major thoroughfares in the metropolis of 20 million people. About 7,500 homes were flooded, prompting emergency personnel to ferry people from their homes through chest-high water. Unfortunately more heavy rain is expected in central Mexico in the following days.  
AUSTRALIA – Five people are dead following massive storms that swept through parts of NSW and southern Queensland at the weekend, causing flash flooding and widespread chaos across both states. Emergency services were inundated with distress calls in one of their busiest weekends in years, collectively recording more than 2000 requests for assistance after the downpour began on Friday. A wall of water struck swimmers at a popular swimming and picnic spot at Bouldercombe Gorge, south of Rockhampton. One died and police last night feared others may be missing, after the owners of two cars were unaccounted for. Six people in Sydney's north had to be rescued after being trapped in submerged cars, and 11 nursing home patients were evacuated due to flooding. In Queensland, the Gold Coast hinterland was washed out, with the heaviest rainfall recorded in Clagiraba, which received 415mm of rain. Also on the Gold Coast, up to 30 boats broke their moorings and drifted for hours on the Coomera River. The rainfall was a combination of low- and high-pressure systems and was a "side-effect" of Tropical Cyclone Olga.
U.S. – snow causes major power cuts. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power in Washington DC and nearby states after a blizzard blanketed the area with RECORD SNOWS. Electricity was cut to at least 300,000 homes in Maryland and Virginia as the snow felled trees and cut power lines. Emergency workers are struggling to restore power. Another 250,000 customers were hit by blackouts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Washington got up to 2ft (61cm) of snow, ONE OF THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALLS IN DECADES. The storm disrupted transport from West Virginia to southern New Jersey. A RECORD 3ft (91cm) of snow fell on Maryland. The latest storm comes less than two months after a December storm dumped more than 16in (41cm) of snow in Washington.
MONGOLIA – Up to 20 million farm animals may die in Mongolia before spring as THE FIERCEST WINTER IN LIVING MEMORY grips the country. Local experts have told the Red Cross that half the entire country's livestock could be wiped out. Cattle, goats and sheep have frozen to death across the plains, with some herds almost completely wiped out. It's called the 'Dzud' – a multiple disaster with a summer drought followed by ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTERS ON RECORD. It has left millions of livestock dying from a combination of exhaustion and starvation. Fears are also growing for thousands of herders who live in remote mountain regions in south-western Mongolia. There has been no word from thousands of people cut off in their villages by THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IN DECADES, prompting the Mongolian Airforce helicopters to launch search and rescue operations.
U.S. – Fresh snow is forecast to hit the Mid-Atlantic US as some cities remain largely paralysed for a third day by blizzards. The US National Weather Service has issued another winter storm warning for Washington DC as the capital remained largely paralysed after heavy snowfall. A further 10 to 20in (25-50cm) of snow were forecast to fall in Washington on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Forecasters said that the combination of snow and strong winds would make travel very hazardous. Government offices and most schools were shut on Monday and power had yet to be restored to thousands of homes. A record 32.4in snowfall was measured at Dulles International Airport over the weekend, breaking the previous two-day storm record by almost 10in. Neighbouring Maryland recorded 3ft of snow. The National Weather Service is predicting the city will be hit by another 12-18in from today, which could make this winter the snowiest since Philadelphia started keeping records in 1884.
AFGHANISTAN – At least 28 people died and hundreds were trapped through the night in freezing cold and darkness after avalanches closed a mountain highway tunnel in Afghanistan. Passengers trapped in the Salang pass, the main route across the Hindu Kush mountains, said by telephone that they were freezing to death and being suffocated by car fumes, and had seen cars filled with dead bodies after being stuck through the night. A force of 600 soldiers plus police units and other emergency workers had managed to evacuate 1,500 trapped people, including at least 70 who were injured. Days of heavy snow triggered avalanches blocking the 2.6 km (1.6 mile) long Soviet-built tunnel. Fears were greatest for passengers stuck in cars exposed to the extreme cold. There have been 17 avalanches reported so far and more than 200 trucks, buses and cars were trapped inside the tunnel, which made the rescue operation more difficult. Heavy snowfall and rain also caused floods in the south of the country. Six people have been killed and 10 were missing as a result of floods. 
BULGARIA, ROMANIA – Blizzards and snowstorms lashed Romania and Bulgaria, trapping people in their vehicles and cutting power supplies, as a weekend avalanche death toll across Europe rose to 11. In Romania heavy snowfalls caused the cancellation of about 60 train services and blocked several roads, with a policeman recounting how he had helped to deliver a baby by taking instructions from stranded medics. In the southern department of Calarasi, about 300 people spent the night in a hospital and the town hall after being forced to abandon their cars because of the weather. The weather also disrupted Bucharest where schools were shut while roads linking the capital to the southern city of Pitesti and the Black Sea port of Constanta were closed. In Bulgaria, authorities shut roads and declared a state of alert in five northern villages cut off by snow, while the airport in the capital Sofia halted operations yesterday morning. The country recorded its heaviest snowfalls in the northeast areas bordering Romania, with about 60 centimetres (24 inches) of snow dumped in the Ruse and Silistra regions. 
U.S. – Thousands of flights were canceled, schools in New York closed and the U.S. Congress suspended work as a winter storm threatened to drop as much as 20 inches (50.8 centimeters) on parts of the East Coast Tuesday. The storm, the second for the Washington-Baltimore area in less than a week, was accompanied by cold and winds gusting from 35 to 55 mph (56 to 88 kph) in the Northeast. The winds were likely to be intense enough to rival those of a tropical storm. “The words UNPRECEDENTED and paralyzing would describe what is about to happen to the Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC corridor. It’s looking more likely that blizzard or near-blizzard conditions will hit New York City.” Winter storm warnings stretched from Illinois to Massachusetts.
WASHINGTON D.C. – The winter of 2009-10 is now THE SNOWIEST ON RECORD for the nation's capital. The National Weather Service measured 9.8 inches of snow accumulation at Ronald Reagan National Airport Wednesday afternoon, lifting the season's total to 54.8 inches and eclipsing the previous mark of 54.4 inches set during the winter of 1898-99. The Washington area had endured roughly 45 inches of accumulated snowfall heading into Tuesday's storm, and the latest blast was enough to BREAK THE 111-YEAR-OLD RECORD. This winter is also threatening to break another seasonal snowfall mark. The snowiest month in recorded history for Washington is February of 1899, when 35.2 inches of snowfall blanketed the District. The total for February 2010 had reached 30.9 inches as of Wednesday afternoon. Meteorologists say El Niño weather patterns are the cause of the season's record-breaking winter storms.
Sea lion colony leaves Galapagos – A colony of sea lions endemic to the Galapagos Islands have moved 1,500km away. Like so many native species in the Galapagos Islands, the sea lions are unique to the archipelago, located about 600 miles west of continental Ecuador. Experts say it is the FIRST TIME that Galapagos sea lions have set up a colony outside the islands. The Organisation for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals says the sea lions have swum to northern Peru because of rising temperatures. They says the temperature rise was caused by climate change. The monitors say the water temperature in Piura, off the coast of northern Peru, has risen from 17C to 23C over the last 10 years. The temperature is much closer to the sea temperature around the Galapagos Islands, which averages about 25C. Now that the conditions of the sea around northern Peru are so similar to the Galapagos, they say, even more sea lions and other new marine species could start arriving. 
CANADA – the hosts of this year’s Winter Olympics are suffering from a lack of snow. Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia, has had THE WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD, leaving slopes clear and forcing changes to training schedules for snowboarding and freestyle skiing. Competitors will only get three days of training for the half-pipe event instead of five to preserve the course. Helicopters are dumping snow every three minutes to ensure the men’s half-pipe event can go ahead in just over a week’s time. Canadian environment experts have blamed the temperatures on El Nino, a phenomenon that heats the Pacific Ocean, bringing unusual weather patterns. “Forecasted colder temperatures are not materialising, so we’re taking measures to ensure that there is enough snow stockpiled to ensure the best TV shots.”
AUSTRALIA – A warning of extremely high and uncomfortable humid conditions for today has been issued by the SA Weather Service for the northern interior of the Eastern Cape. The forecast comes after the Garden Route, already in the grip of THE WORST DROUGHT IN MORE THAN A CENTURY, has been sweltering under a heatwave since Friday. In George, the mercury climbed to 32°C yesterday and is set to peak at 37°C tomorrow . Temperatures will drop back to the high 20s for the rest of the week. In Mossel Bay, the same extreme temperatures are being experienced. In Oudtshoorn, where the heatwave was at its worst, residents sweltered as temperatures reached the 40°C mark yesterday. With a slight respite today at 38°C, the temperatures will peak tomorrow at a massive 43°C (109.4°F). 
MALAYSIA – Heat wave brings ‘autumn’ to Penang. The intense heat has caused leaves on the trees along major streets to wilt and turn yellow, creating an autumn-like look but without the cool weather. The trees have also shed their foliage, leaving the branches and twigs bare. A Meteorological Department spokesman said the current weather was due to the intermittent monsoon, with temperatures reaching up to 34°C in some parts of the country. “If the temperatures continue to exceed 35°C for a week or more, it will bring on drought." Temperatures in the west coast were only expected to cool from May as the southwest monsoon sets in. Last year, the country’s northern states experienced cooler weather with nightly temperatures in Penang dropping to as low as 21°C due to stronger northeasterly winds blowing in from Central Asia.
AUSTRALIA – the drought affecting south-west WA since the 1970s is extreme. Now, scientists believe it could be THE WORST DROUGHT IN 750 YEARS, after making an unexpected discovery. Researchers have identified a link between the drought and snowfall at a site in East Antarctica over the same period. High snowfalls at the Law Dome site in Antarctica correlate with low rain in the South-West of Australia. That is as a result of the atmospheric circulation pattern that brings dry, cool air to Australia, while sending warm, moist air to East Antarctica. However, the high snowfall at Law Dome was unlike any other in the past 750 years, and led the researchers to believe the drought was similarly UNUSUAL. The researchers found that the snowfall was of a severity expected only once in every 38,000 years. Adjusting their analysis of ice cores, it still should happen only about every 5400 years. The researchers may even have underestimated the severity of the drought. "Since about 1990 snowfall at their site in Antarctica appears to have decreased but the South-West rainfall has not rebounded as we might have expected from this. This indicates that some additional mechanism is affecting either snowfall or the drought. This is not surprising in a time of strong global warming. But we do need to work out these mechanisms." 
Springtime in the UK is starting on average 11 days earlier than 30 years ago, causing natural food chains to become disrupted, a study suggests. Predators seem to be slower than organisms further down the food chains to respond to the seasonal shifts. The findings are based on more than 25,500 records of 726 marine, terrestrial and freshwater species. "If biological events at different levels within the food chains are changing at different rates, it is possible that we are seeing a de-synchronisation." Previous studies had identified the trend of spring arriving earlier, but had focused on single species or a small grouping, generally plants. "We have shown that the acceleration is an average pattern across the terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments." The data, covering the period between 1976 and 2005, showed the change was "most pronounced" among organisms at the bottom of the food chains. "[This] could have an impact on the survival of the predators and affect the status of their populations. You often find that predatory organisms – those at the top of the food chain – frequently time their reproduction in a way that synchronises food availability with the arrival of their offspring." The researchers said that if the patterns identified in their study were indicative of future trends, the breakdown in synchronisation could disrupt "the functioning, persistence and resilience of many ecosystems and have a major impact on ecosystem services". On average, each decade within the study saw spring advance by 3.9 days
THAILAND – Weather experts are ruling out climate change as a cause of this cold season's UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERNS. Frequent rainfall and hot weather during the cool season have raised concerns about the impact of global warming on Thailand's climate. The Meteorological Department said that the country's weather patterns had not changed and that the rain at this time of year was caused by clashes between cold fronts from China and depressions from the South China Sea. "There is no need to worry about rainfall [happening] in the cold season. There is always rainfall at this time of the year. But this year's rainfall has been more frequent than other years." The El Nino phenomenon was also a factor which increased rainfall. But statistics from meteorological stations show the number of days with temperatures over 35C has increased in all provinces except six. The Meteorological Department warned people to brace for high temperatures and drought this coming dry season.
In less than 24 hours, a monsterous sunspot group has materialized in the sun's northern hemisphere. The active region is crackling with M-class solar flares, and a powerful X-flare could be in the offing. Each of the spot's dark cores is about twice as wide as Earth. (photo)
IRELAND – 2/3/10 – Mystery still surrounds the reported sighting of what is thought to have been a meteor in south Fermanagh. One witness described seeing a 'fireball' lighting up the sky near Teemore last Wednesday evening – around the time that a number of similar sightings were reported in neighbouring counties in the northern half of the country. It is the first time in 40 years that such a sighting has been made in Ireland, with only about half a dozen recorded meteorite falls in the country altogether. The last one was in 1999, and the last one in the North was in Derry in 1969. "There were two separate events. The first, and almost certainly the most important, was at about 5:50pm, and seems to have travelled from Kerry at least as far as Armagh and south Tyrone. That one may have been a 'meteorite dropper', though it's too early to say. The second, not as big or bright, but at least as bright as Venus, was at about 7:30 – 7:40pm, more than one and a half hours later. It was seen from near Moy, Co Tyrone, and was travelling in a north east direction." Such an occurrence was EXTREMELY RARE and there is a chance that some of the asteroid may have survived and fallen to earth as a meteorite. "It is pretty UNUSUAL that you would get one that is so widely seen and is so bright."
Although pandemic flu activity continues to decline or remain low in most of the Northern Hemisphere, some areas of the world are experiencing active but declining transmission, particularly North Africa and some areas of Eastern Europe and East Asia. Global H1N1 deaths have risen by several hundred from a week ago, to at least 15,174. China continues to report relatively high levels of influenza B. 
Europe notes high H1N1 death rate in kids – Pandemic flu raised the death rate in European children last year but not adults. Children aged 5 to 14 years in eight countries had a 28% higher death rate than expected, in contrast to mortality in all age-groups, which was lower than in a typical year from seasonal flu. The higher death rate in children amounts to about 77 additional deaths in that age-group. The researchers called their estimates "conservative."
California data show H1N1 vaccine safe – Statistics gathered by the California Department of Public Health show only three deaths among 13 million state residents who received H1N1 flu vaccine. One person had preexisting flu and bacterial infections and one was a cardiac patient whose death was caused by cardiovascular disease. The cause of the third person's death is still being evaluated. 
Third-hand smoke – Lingering residue from tobacco smoke which clings to upholstery, clothing and the skin releases cancer-causing agents. Scientists ran lab tests and found "substantial levels" of toxins on smoke-exposed material. They say while banishing smokers to outdoors cuts second-hand smoke, residues will follow them back inside and this "third-hand smoke" may harm. The researchers say third-hand smoke is an unappreciated health hazard and suggest a complete ban on smoking in homes and in vehicles to eliminate any risk.
The bacteria that causes whooping cough in Australia has mutated, scientists have warned, eroding the protection provided by the vaccine now given to children. Researchers have identified significant changes in the two most common strains of the Bordetella pertussis bacteria, which they also traced back to events in the late 1990s. Australian children were given a broad-acting "whole cell" vaccination against whooping cough up to 1997, but this was phased out over two years and replaced with a more targeted version. Concerns over potential side-effects were behind the change over to a vaccine with a narrower scope, but this now appears to have contributed to the promotion of resistant strains. The discovery comes amid an increase in whooping cough cases in Australia, with several significant outbreaks seen last year in western Sydney.
Although acute myocarditis as a complication of a viral infection is fairly rare, physicians from a San Diego children's hospital described four cases that occurred in a 30-day period in children who had pandemic H1N1 infections. Of three children who had fulminant myocarditis, one died and two required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The fourth had acute perimyocarditis. 
Minnesota – Seasonal flu viruses have been almost absent this winter and experts are increasingly confident that pandemic H1N1 will be the only virus around for the rest of the winter. The experts also said the pandemic virus is likely to continue next winter. While flu activity in Minnesota remained low last week, two schools reported flu-like illness outbreaks.

Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion
For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also. 2 Timothy 3:6-9
Lindsay Lohan's Controversial Cover Photo
posted by Lindsay Robertson – Thu Feb 11 2010
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Lindsay Lohan is never one to shy away from controversy and the attention that comes with it (remember her less-than-chaste Marilyn Monroe-esque photos in New York Magazine? Her very public spats with on-again, off-again girlfriend Samantha Ronson?). Now her cover for the French magazine, Purple, is drawing the contempt of some Christian critics. The picture depicts Lohan as a Christ-like figure, draped in a white robe, posing with her arms outstretched, Crucifixion-style. And just in case anyone misses the blatantly obvious, hit-you-over-the-head visual reference to Jesus on the cross, Lohan wears a crown of thorns atop her platinum-blond extensions.
Atheist groups spread message on Sacramento-area billboards 
By Bill Lindelof 
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
Sacramento Bee
Ever look skyward for spiritual inspiration? You won't find it on 10 new billboards that just went up in the Sacramento region. A coalition of atheist and agnostic groups has bought billboard space to tell like-minded individuals they are not alone – but not in the godly sense. The billboards say: "Are you good without God? Millions are." The message appears on a background of fluffy white clouds and blue sky.
Museum of Christianity prolongs phallic art show
By Catherine Hornby
Feb 12, 2010
UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters Life!) – A Dutch museum for Christian art and culture has prolonged an exhibit on phallic fertility symbols due to the high number of visitors it has attracted to the former monastery. Next to galleries of church ornaments, manuscripts and statues of saints, the exhibit showcases 122 interpretations of fertility symbols and explores their place in religious worship.
God's kingdom more important than denominations, says Methodist President
By staff writers
11 Feb 2010
The President of the Methodist Conference, David Gamble, has said that seeking the Kingdom of God is more important than the continued existence of individual Churches. (Theologian Walter Wink has explained God's kingdom, a sought-for domain of love, justice and peace that is central to Jesus' teaching and practice, as "God's domination-free order".) Gamble was addressing the Church of England General Synod today (11 February) about relationships between the two denominations. He said that the Methodist Church in Britain was “prepared to go out of existence, not because we are declining or failing in mission, but for the sake of mission. In other words we are prepared to be changed and even to cease having a separate existence as a Church if that will serve the needs of the Kingdom.”
Haiti calls on voodoo priests to help battered nation heal
By Brian MacQuarrie
Globe Staff / February 10, 2010
MARIANI, Haiti – To the outside world, their faith has long been shrouded in mystery, ministering as much to the dead as the living, and associated with images of animal sacrifices and human skulls. But in postquake Haiti, the practitioners of voodoo have taken on a more practical role, enlisted by the government to help count the dead, tend to the injured, and soothe the psychologically damaged. “One must understand that Haiti is voodoo,’’ said Max Beauvoir, 75, the “pope’’ of Haitian voodoo and a former biochemical engineer who once worked for Digital Equipment in Maynard, Mass. “Helping Haitians is nothing else but helping ourselves.’

Faith under Fire
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12

“You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered.”  Matthew 10:22
Church of England is 'living in the past', says BBC's head of religion
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
The Telegraph 
06 Feb 2010
Aaqil Ahmed, a controversial executive whose appointment last year prompted more than 100 complaints, said: "I think all the faiths should be treated in the same way. I don't believe in treating any faith differently." He dismissed claims that the BBC was marginalising religion as overly simplistic and argued that Christianity, in particular, was already covered well on television. His comments come on the eve of a debate at the General Synod, the Church's parliament, over the BBC's treatment of Christianity.
Moroccan Authorities Raid Bible Study, Arrest Christians 
By Compass Direct News|Pablo Fredrick
Feb. 09 2010
MARSEILLES, France (Compass Direct News) – A large, military-led team of Moroccan authorities raided a Bible study in a small city southeast of Marrakech last week, arresting 18 Moroccans and deporting a U.S. citizen, area Christian leaders said. Approximately 60 officers from the Moroccan security services on Thursday afternoon (Feb. 4) raided the home of a Christian in Amizmiz, a picturesque city of 10,000 mainly Berber people 56 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of Marrakech. A church Bible study was in progress at the home with visitors from western and southern Morocco, the leaders said.
Egypt bans all Christians from travelling to the Holy Land
February 13, 2010
Archbishop Cranmer Blogspot
Cranmer has commented before upon the appalling plight of the Coptic Christians and the persecution they endure. They are being religiously cleansed from their homeland; forced to convert or emigrate, or risk being murdered, with not a lot of compassion from the British Government. And now the most recent development: all Copts are henceforth banned from journeying to Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Jerusalem and anywhere else in the Holy Land: 'In a new step that could raise the ire of Coptic activists and human rights organizations in Egypt, the Administrative Court headed by Adel Farghali, Vice-President of the Council of State, issued a ruling Wednesday to ban all Christians from traveling to visit the holy lands in Israel, including Jerusalem. The court also rejected lawsuits filed by a number of Copts against the Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly, demanding the non-implementation of the decision.
British Airways Worker Loses Religious Discrimination Case
By Aaron J. Leichman|Christian Post Reporter
Feb. 13 2010
A British Airways check-in worker who refused to hide her cross necklace at work has lost her case against the airline in London's Court of Appeals but will likely take it up to the Supreme Court. The Appeals Court on Friday upheld the November 2008 judgment of an employment tribunal, which found that banning Nadia Eweida from wearing a cross was not discriminatory because Christians “generally” do not consider wearing a cross as a requirement of their religion. Furthermore, the court's judge ruled, however much British Airways’ ban conflicted with individuals' religious beliefs, the airline was justified in imposing it.
Man Sues California Mall After Guard Arrests Him for Having Conversation About God
Friday, February 12, 2010
By Diane Macedo 
Imagine getting arrested for just striking up a conversation about religion in public. That’s what happened to California resident Matthew Snatchko in 2006 when the youth pastor initiated a conversation about God with three shoppers at the Roseville Galleria mall. The women gave Snatchko permission to broach the subject, but a nearby store employee said they "looked nervous," so he ordered the evangelist to leave. After Snatchko refused, mall security arrested him. "He was put in handcuffs and hauled down to the mall’s security station and later booked at the local jail," said Snatchko’s attorney Matthew McReynolds of the Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom.

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